PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is “killing” the peace talks with the communist rebels by ruling out a third-party facilitator for the negotiations, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said on Tuesday.

“The political swindler and butcher Duterte is willfully and maliciously killing the peace negotiations by breaking the standing GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines)-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) agreement on foreign neutral venue and dismissing the third party facilitator,” Sison said in a statement.

The NDFP is the political wing of the communist rebels.

The communist leader was reacting to the pronouncements of Malacañang on Monday that Duterte wanted to hold the peace negotiations in the Philippines, a move opposed by the communist rebels.

“He (Duterte) knows very well that the NDFP will never submit itself to surveillance, control and duress by his bloody regime and his military and police butchers and death squads,” Sison said.

He also slammed Duterte for “justifying” methods of the “fake surrenders and mass murders” of members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the CPP’s armed wing.

“[Duterte] is inflaming the civil war in the Philippines to justify his fascist dictatorship. He really does not want to have the peace negotiations,” Sison said.